Kira Homola is a PhD candidate in the Biogeochemistry Lab at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography. Her advisor is Dr. Arthur Spivack. Kira's current research centers around reconstructing water mass composition and distribution in the eastern North Atlantic during the Last Glacial Maximum, with the goal of understanding glacial/interglacial feedbacks between climate, ocean circulation, ocean biology, and atmospheric CO2. She enjoys outreach activities, and making scientific knowledge available to the general public. Her broader interests include climate change and ocean renewable energy.
Kira earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BS in Oceanography with a Minor in Climate from the University of Washington in August 2013. She began her graduate education at the University of Rhode Island in September 2013.
"I have always been drawn to the ocean and the mysteries it contains. Understanding our planet is paramount to our future as a people, and our responsibility in caring for the ecosystems around us. I find it truly astonishing how much remains to be discovered in the ocean system, and am excited every day to be involved in those discoveries. The Ocean Exploration Trust mission of making ocean exploration easily accessible to the general public, through their emphasis on communication and community involvement, has always been appealing to me. I am delighted to be a part of the Galapagos Platform science party, and look forward to sharing the experience with those on shore!"